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[[File:Type Water/Flying.gif|link=Water/Flying type]]  
Species Atrocious Pokémon
Abilities Intimidate
Moxie (Dream World)
None ← 130 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From [[Magikarp]]
Evolves Into None
(ギャラドス Gyaradosu)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Blue>Blue</font>
Shape Footprint

Gyarados (Japanese: ギャラドス Gyaradosu) is a Water/Flying-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. A Shiny Gyarados appeared in the episode "Talkin` bout an Evolution". Shiny Gyarados are red and are the most well known Shiny Pokémon.



It is serpentine in shape and is covered in blue and yellow scales. It has white fins on top of its body and it has a tan underbelly. It has fins on the side of its face and a large blue crest on its forehead. Like Magikarp, it has "whiskers."

Gender differences

The females have light whiskers.


Gyarados is known as The Atrocious Pokémon. They are to be extremely violent, destroying anything when in a rampage.


Gyarados is the evolved form of Magikarp as of level 20.

Special abilities

Gyarados have the ability Intimidate, which decreases the opponent's Attack by one level when Gyarados is sent out into the battle.

In the anime


A shiny Gyarados

James's Magikarp, which he bought from a dealer, evolves into a Gyarados, which called forth four wild Gyarados to use Dragon Rage and send Ash and co flying.

A Red Gyarados is found in the Lake of Rage, north of Mahogany Town, in Johto. It is owned by the Elite Four, Lance.

Lance once use the Red Gyarados to save Brock, May and Max from drowning while he is disguising as a Team Magma grunt.

Misty owns a Gyarados.

Game info

Game locations

Gyarados Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Evolve Magikarp None
Yellow Fishing in Fuchsia City (Super Rod) Rare
Gold/Silver Fishing at the Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City (Super Rod)
Red Gyarados (Lake of Rage)
Crystal Fishing at the Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City (Super Rod)
Shiny Gyarados (Lake of Rage)

Ruby/Sapphire Fishing in Sootopolis City (Super Rod) Common
Emerald Fishing in Sootopolis City (Super Rod) Rare
FireRed/LeafGreen Fishing (Super Rod) Rare
Diamond/Pearl Fishing (Super Rod) Common
Platinum Fishing (Super Rod) Common
HeartGold/SoulSilver Fishing at the Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City, Mt. Silver, Seafoam Islands (Super Rod)
Shiny Gyarados (Lake of Rage)
Black/White Evolve Magikarp None

Side game locations

Gyarados Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap Valley
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Submarine
Trozei Battle
Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Magikarp
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Zero Isle South (B41F-B48F)
Pokémon Ranger Olive Jungle (during mission)

Pokédex entries



Gyarados appears to based off a sea dragon or a sea serpent from china.



  • Despite its dragon-like appearance, it isn't Dragon-type, yet it learns Dragon Type moves such as Dragon Rage and Dragonbreath and is used by many Dragon Trainers such as Lance and Clair.
  • Despite it being a Flying-type, it can only know one Flying-type move, Bounce.
  • Despite it being seen flying in the anime, it cannot learn the move, Fly,and this is only because it's pre-evolution,Magikarp can learn it in Generation IV only.
  • Gyarados may be based on the mythological creature, the Krakon, since it's original name was going to be Skullkrakon.
  • In Generation II and IV, Gyarados is the only 100%-certain shiny encounter and the first of only two shiny Pokémon to be integrated into a game's plot (the second was Celebi in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness)
  • Gyarados being evolved from Magikarp, which is a useless and weak pokemon, is a reference to a common belief in Asian countries that a carp will transform into dragon after it passes through hard ordeals


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